While many fans are getting frustrated over the status of Kirk Cousins’ contract, saying and tweeting that they need to “pay the man”, there is a key component to the equation that is missing. Kirk Cousins has to want to take the money and it appears that the Redskins have doubts that he will take it.
On NFL Network, NFL Media reporter Steve Wyche talked about what he was told by some who work at Redskins Park. “Everything I’m hearing from the folks in that building is that 'Cousins has made it clear he does not want to be there,'" said Wyche. “He wants to get to San Francisco and play for Kyle Shanahan."
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Wyche also reported that the Redskins are going to focus on bolstering their defense in free agency and in the draft. They want to have a team that can win with defense, its solid offensive line, and a good running game regardless of whether Cousins is behind center or not.
The team’s options with their quarterback are limited. They can make Cousins stay and play under the franchise tag in 2017 but since to tag him for the third time would be prohibitively expensive they likely would lose him for no compensation.
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And if indeed Cousins is dead set on going to San Francisco that severely limits his trade value. Plus if Shanahan and the 49ers really want Cousins they can wait a year and land him with no draft pick or player compensation.
Cousins wanting out of Washington is something that has been making the rounds. What seems to be new here is the notion that the Redskins are now seeing that as cold, hard reality and they are preparing for his departure, whether it is this year or next.
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The story of the Lion King is one that takes many of us to our childhood, a feel-good story about a young cub going through adversity to become King.
It's a story Redskins new quarterback, Dwayne Haskins Junior, has related to since he was a child himself, having taken on the moniker Simba.
Disney first came out with the movie in 1994 and just released a photorealistic live-action re-make. Haskins made sure he was there for the world premiere in Los Angeles walking the red carpet with his girlfriend Savhana Cousin earlier this month.
"The new Lion King brought so many great old memories!" he tweeted. "A blessing to be a part of. "
Haskins sees many parallels in Simba. He told me before the draft that the nickname first came from when his aunt was combing out his hair saying he looked like a lion.
Beyond that, he liked the story of the young cub going through adversity to become King.
"The story behind him growing to king, going through adversity, and having to fall to get up and that's just something that resonates with my story. Everyone sees the highs of everything but not what it takes to get there," he said.
He has even used the story for his own clothing brand as well, Kingdom of Pride.
Haskins fell in the draft to number 15 and the Redskins but has every intention of proving he is worthy of the pick and one day winning what he declares will be multiple Super Bowls.
That would certainly fall in line with the story of Simba taking back the kingdom.
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Each NFL player has their own way of preparing for the upcoming season.
Russell Wilson boxes. James Harrison plays beach volleyball – with 25 lb. medicine balls.
But come May 6th, teams begin a series of mandatory offseason workouts. This is a time for new teammates to get familiar and seasoned veterans to get back up to speed ahead of training camp.
The Washington Redskins had 36 in total, and required their players to attend at least 33 of them or face financial consequences. That didn't seem to faze six of Washington's biggest names.
Josh Norman, Landon Collins, Trent Williams, Paul Richardson, Quinton Dunbar and Vernon Davis will all be losing a cut of their salary after failing to attend the minimum number of Washington's off-season workouts.
For Norman, that's 26 business class round-trips from Reagan National Airport to Pamplona, Spain for future "Running of the Bulls."
That being said, neither Norman nor Collins, Richardson, Dunbar and Davis are question marks for Week 1.
Williams, however, may prolong his holdout until well after the start of training camp on July 28.